The baton will be passed as it has many times before.
The way Keith Holman passed it to Billy Smith, who in turn was surpassed by Peter Sterling, who handed the torch to Allan Langer and onto Joey.
No position in the game is scrutinised like the halfback and the men who wear the No. 7 jersey are most open to comparison, regardless the era.
While other positions have evolved and changed in their requirements, the halfback role has maintained its core requirements: creativity and direction.
That's why Thurston this week re-signed with the Cowboys in a deal worth $5 million over the next four years. It's the richest deal in rugby league history - and a bargain for North Queensland.
Not a bad deal at 29 years of age.
Edited by AndyCapp, 15 March 2013 - 08:18 AM.